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    Off Topic post 002 - Project THOR - Bezel design thread

    Dear friends,

    we are now beginning new era of this project. With new designer on board and new participant list, this is the first step on our way towards very special watch on our wrists.

    What is changing with this new approach is, that our designer will not only provide his drawings, but he will also share his thoughts, ideas and opinions at the beginning of each design discussion. This is very important, as it gives you better understanding of the concept and at the same time, it provides a baseline that should intersect and unify the whole.

    So here are the words of our designer Claudio:

    We are loosely basing our bezel design in the Meteor/Gloster E28 cockpits.




    I've studied this picture and I came up with some initial groups or types of bezels.


    One thing to take into account: this is NOT a rotating bezel. It does not rotate, in any direction. So please, no arrows, triangles or numbers. They are a mimic if they do not rotate. I've seen hundreds of cockpits pictures and couldn't find one with numbers on a bezel which do not rotate.
    Even reissues like the Longines heritage 1935 (a very gorgeous watch by the way), removes triangles or marks if the bezel do not rotate.
    So please, while discussing take this into account.


    I've come up with 4 groups of bezels:



    1. A modern bezel: a bezel based on a jet engine, not the cockpit. SImilar (but not identical) to other bezels like the Oris Big Crown ProPilot, or another watch which I do not recall now.
    2. A coined bezel: a "traditional" one like the Hamilton khaki fiel pioneer (for example), again not present in the cockpit.
    3. Or another coined bezel like the one found in the cockpit.
    4. A "simple" bezel: with lines (2 or 3) , or beveled, like the ones in the picture.
    5. The plain and flat bezel: Present in the cockpit and like the current Steinhart military, which use the same case.



    These are the pictures, numbered in order of my preference, in an attempt to mind controlling your voting.

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    So, here you go, let the discussion begin!
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    Re: 002 - Project THOR - Bezel design thread

    Your mind control tricks are strong indeed.

    I'm liking the modern one at the moment. Looks sleek and unique.

    I can also say my least favourite is the simple or lined bezel.

    In addition, I'd also like to say that I'm loving the well crafted designs and find it very informative to hear your narrative on the actual design. Well done, ccapri.


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    Re: 002 - Project THOR - Bezel design thread

    Well done, Ccapri - for both the presentation and the implementation (mock up) to the case.

    All of those represent real cockpit clock, which make this a difficult choice.
    As I imagine that it will be worn on my wrist and it should give a vibe of tool-ish watch, I think Coined Bezel will be perfect, especially 2A - I think it really gives a cockpit-ish look
    The second interesting one is Simple Bezel - Beveled

    The modern bezel is also interesting, but at glance it reminds me of the fluted bezel of the oysters.

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    Re: 002 - Project THOR - Bezel design thread

    I'm also inclined towards the modern bezel, especially the angled version... Coined bezel is second... Great job Claudio!
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    Re: 002 - Project THOR - Bezel design thread

    Quote Originally Posted by CzechMate View Post
    I'm also inclined towards the modern bezel, especially the angled version... Coined bezel is second... Great job Claudio!
    This is my initial impression, as well. Really drawn to the Modern A - you can just see those turbofans spinning!
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    Re: 002 - Project THOR - Bezel design thread

    Ah it's good to be back. Great job CC I think having your thoughts up front will be invaluable. I actually could live with all the designs but currently liking the modern,2a probably shades it, and the cockpit coined bezel. As per usual this will probably change many times before the vote, but that is what is fun!
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    Re: 002 - Project THOR - Bezel design thread

    Quote Originally Posted by CzechMate View Post
    Dear friends,

    we are now beginning new era of this project. With new designer on board and new participant list, this is the first step on our way towards very special watch on our wrists.

    What is changing with this new approach is, that our designer will not only provide his drawings, but he will also share his thoughts, ideas and opinions at the beginning of each design discussion. This is very important, as it gives you better understanding of the concept and at the same time, it provides a baseline that should intersect and unify the whole.

    So here are the words of our designer Claudio:

    We are loosely basing our bezel design in the Meteor/Gloster E28 cockpits.




    I've studied this picture and I came up with some initial groups or types of bezels.


    One thing to take into account: this is NOT a rotating bezel. It does not rotate, in any direction. So please, no arrows, triangles or numbers. They are a mimic if they do not rotate. I've seen hundreds of cockpits pictures and couldn't find one with numbers on a bezel which do not rotate.
    Even reissues like the Longines heritage 1935 (a very gorgeous watch by the way), removes triangles or marks if the bezel do not rotate.
    So please, while discussing take this into account.

    I've come up with 4 groups of bezels:

    Since all that you mentioned above is out... How about this bezel as the faux bolts give it a Cockpit Clock/Instrument feeling as the instruments are bolted into the dash.

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    Re: 002 - Project THOR - Bezel design thread

    I hate it when I have to choose between case designs that I like... Arrgh!
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    Re: 002 - Project THOR - Bezel design thread

    1a is sexy!!!!! Like a turbine. Simple Lined bezel would be my alternative

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    Re: 002 - Project THOR - Bezel design thread

    Quote Originally Posted by JSal View Post
    Since all that you mentioned above is out... How about this bezel as the faux bolts give it a Cockpit Clock/Instrument feeling as the instruments are bolted into the dash.

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    Not a bad idea John. It fits and black case it would looked very machined..solid alternative. Claudio? Thoughts?

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